Seed4Start - Cross-border venture capital forum

Countries: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany
Border(s): Belgium-Luxembourg, France-Belgium, France-Luxembourg, France-Germany,
Territories:
Greater Region,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - Grande Région
Topic(s):
- Economic development
- Research and innovation

Lead partner: Business Initiative asbl

Seed4Start is a cross-border platform for investment capital in the Greater Region (Lorraine, Wallonia, Luxembourg, Saarland, and Rhineland-Palatinate). Seed4Start helps entrepreneurs - with a project with potential in the Greater Region - to find the necessary capital and offers a selection of the most promising investment opportunities in the area to private investors (Business Angels etc.) in the Greater Region and beyond. The mission of Seed4Start is to facilitate the matching of supply and demand of capital for project creation, the takeover or development of companies with a growth potential (young companies). Its highlight is the “Seed4Start Pitching Day”.

Thanks to the organization of numerous events and individual meetings, Seed4Start also includes a large selection of support, trainings and networking.

In 2013, there were 118 to apply and 20 start-ups were selected for the “Pitching Days”.

Partners

  • ADER Investments
  • Be Angels
  • CCIO2 Chamber of commerce and industry of Meurthe et Moselle (CCIT54)
  • Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN)
  • LUXINNOVATION GIE (Economic Interest Grouping)

Project goals

  • To popularize and develop the individual investment in SMEs
  • To streamline and boost cross-border investments
  • To facilitate the syndication between investors when raising significant funds
  • To offer investors the best selected and well-prepared projects
  • To maximize the chances of successful fundraising for local entrepreneurs

Target group(s)

It is thus aimed at company managers or founders in Wallonia, Lorraine or Luxemburg who want to consolidate the capital of their company and attract new investors. It is also aimed at private individuals and business angels who want to invest in innovating start-ups.

Project activities

  • Putting entrepreneurs in the Greater Region in contact with private investors for the financing of projects to create. 
  • Take over or develop innovative start-ups.

More information on the project factsheet from the handbook “Cross-Border economic development”, MOT 2015.

Project duration

01/08/2011 - 31/12/2014

Total cost

2 145 091,30 €

EU funding

1 072 545,65 €